Management Committee – Making it happen
Alessia is a development and humanitarian professional with over 16 years’ experience acquired within the United Nations (UN), Palladium, and other private sector organizations in different countries. She has successfully developed and managed complex programs to achieve ambitious objectives for the improvement of the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable. Countries of experience include Timor-Leste, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
As Emergency Response Manager for FAO of the UN in the Philippines, she led the response to Typhoon Haiyan, scaling its scale and impact through bold and innovative approaches. The program is now considered the “flagship program” for humanitarian response by FAO. As Emergency and Resilience Building Advisor in Bangladesh and Turkey, Alessia contributed to the development of the organizational programs in response to the Rohingya and Syrian refugees’ crises, respectively, and designed their Accountability to Affected Populations frameworks.
In her former role as Director, Business Delivery Integration at Palladium, Alessia successfully implemented innovative and people-centred approaches to program delivery and implementation for the generation of positive impact. Prior to embarking in development and humanitarian work, Alessia worked for a number of years in the film industry for a leading Italian production company, travelling and working extensively in both Italy and Eastern Europe. Alessia holds a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Media Studies and Literature, and a Master of Science in Poverty Reduction and Development Management.
Executive Director, Queensland Theatre
Amanda has extensive experience working in marketing and development in the cultural sector both in Australia (Praxis, Fremantle Arts Foundation, Ausmusic, Victoria State Opera, State Library of Queensland) and internationally (Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Massachusetts USA; Centaur Theatre Company, Montreal, Canada and La Direccíon de Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos, Santiago, Chile). She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music and Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia.
Amanda was the recipient of a Mobil Fellowship for the Arts enabling her to spend two months researching individual giving programs at arts companies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Qualified Chartered Accountant specialising in tax and accounting services with over 5 years’ experience in public practice with a passion for taxation and finance.
With over 10 years in public practice accounting firms, Rakesh has joined CRN to learn more about the inner workings of a not-for-profit organisation. Choosing to serve on the board of directors will enable him to become an integral part of solving problems in the community. Rakesh hopes to get the opportunity to be a representative of the diversity and social culture of the CRN community. It is also an opportunity to serve in a leadership position in an organization that serves others.
Dr Jen Rae is a Narrm (Melbourne)-based artist-researcher of Canadian Métis-Scottish descent. Her 15-year practice-led research expertise is in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art and arts-based environmental communication. It is centered around cultural responses to climate change, specifically the role of artists. Her work is engaged in discourses around food in/security, disaster preparedness and ecological futures predominantly articulated through transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and community alliances. She is the Creative Lead of Fair Share Fare; a board member of the International Environmental Communication Association and, has lectured at the postgraduate level in socially engaged art and performance at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.
Jessica is a strategic and engaging leader with a ten year career in the public sector, including Government Departments and Statutory Authorities spanning community, economic development, education and emergency management.
She has extensive experience in assisting communities and understanding how they respond during and after times of crisis, with an ability to balance empathy with government deliverables. She excels at critical analysis in difficult circumstances, with a deep understanding of the workings of government and an ability to translate responses to issues into public policy with tangible outcomes.
A direct and open communicator, She have exceptional relationship building skills, from the highest levels internally to individuals in the community. I am a passionate person who takes pride in demonstrating high standards, acting with ethical integrity and effectively managing people to do the same.
A specialist in helping people solve complex problems in tough times, Jill has a deep technical and experiential knowledge of emergency management and the systemic causes and effects of climate and disaster risk. This expertise is directly translatable to other challenges.
Regarded as one of Australia’s thought leaders and adaptive change agents in systemic climate and disaster risk management, emergency management, capability building and community services, Jill has learnt a lot over decades and is passionate about working with others to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
Working with the Australian Government National Resilience Taskforce in 2019 gave Jill an insight into what makes Australia vulnerable and what’s needed to build resilience.
Staff – driving the tiny house
Scotia is currently Manager of the Creative Recovery Network, advocating and supporting the role arts and creativity plays within disaster preparedness and response. The Creative Recovery Network aims to gather, critique, develop and share the knowledge gained nationally and internationally for engagement of the arts in disaster recovery and preparedness, along with developing tools and support for artists working in this field.
Scotia has a performance background spanning 25 years in movement-based theatre, devised performance, and coordination of projects and theatrical productions, performance crosses through traditional theatre forms, installation performance, film, live-art and on-line exchanges. She established Australian chapter of the Magdalena International Project, which aims to give voice and recognition to the skills and achievements of women in theatre.
Jill Robson is Creative Recovery Network’s project manager and a communications specialist with more than 15 years experience in the film and cultural sectors as a publicist, marketing executive and communications director. She was previously Head of Communications for the Doha Film Institute in Qatar, Director of Marketing and Communications for Brisbane-based cultural initiative the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and regional publicist and event manager for Dendy Films and Dendy Cinemas in Queensland.
Advisors to the Committee – raising flags and offering provocations
Independent Performing Arts Professional
I love theatre and live performance and have a commitment to giving voice to the stories from our ever increasing complex fabric of Australian communities – whether that be through narrative theatre, physical performance, film, music, visual arts, puppetry or installation arts. I have a commitment to making creative and artistic possibilities accessible to diverse audiences, especially to people in situations of disadvantage and it is my aim to use my experience, skills and artistic practices to develop, promote and encourage cultural change through innovative performance
Ron Bradfield Jnr is a saltwater fella from Bardi Country, north of Broome but grew up in Geraldton, WA. He now calls Whadjuk Boodjah, his home.
He has worked across the visual arts sphere and how this connects to communities for the last ten years; having been the Operations Manager for Urban Indigenous and, the Membership and Indigenous Development Manager for Artsource, where both roles involved working closely with local artists and assisting them in sharing their practices or, assisting them with issues they may face on a day-to-day basis!
Ten years serving in the Australian Defence Force, has given him many skills in preparing, planning and implementing tasks, thus allowing me the opportunity to better manage projects and personnel. Operating and co-existing in confined and pressured environments also teach you how to work closely with all types of people and personalities, to get the task done.
His experiences to date – across such a diverse field – all have one thing in common: working intimately with other people, often in their own environment. To do so requires the ability to build real relationships, based on trust and understanding.
This combined with his own Indigenous background gives him the unique ability to act as a ‘bridge’ between differing parties – encouraging people to actually speak with each other on a level footing, to develop clearly understood outcomes for all concerned.
Primarily he aims to empower Indigenous peoples so they can be clear on their own needs, determine their own goals and build more effective relationships with non-Indigenous peoples, communities, business groups and organisations.
Cultural Development Network
He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, the South Australian School of Art, Monash University and the Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992, John was Director of the State Film Centre of Victoria, leading it through its development to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
He was responsible for opening the new public facilities at Federation Square in Melbourne in October 2002. Since joining CDN, he has worked with the Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger planning within the cultural development activities of local government.